Resources While We Are In Social Distancing During Covid-19 Epidemic:
1. Audible is currently making many good children’s books available for kids of all ages (early readers through teens), for free. Just click on “Start listening” at this link, then choose the book you want, and you can access it.
2. The Cloud Library of ebooks is available to any library patron in the state. For our library patrons, you can sign up using the 4-digit number in the upper corner of your library card, as a member of the Dr. Shaw Memorial Library. Our friends at Rockport Library made this tutorial to get you started on various devices.
3. Maine CDC is keeping track of the COVID-19 virus here in Maine, you can see their latest information here.
4. Open Culture provides free access to many educational and cultural resources — audiobooks, great lectures, art, language lessons, courses, audiobooks, and much more.
5. PBS Learning Media provides so many educational videos on a wide range of subjects, and can be filtered according to age level.
6. The Gutenberg Project has been around for a while. They make ebooks of classic, well-known works of literature, both fiction & nonfiction, available free of charge.
7. The Maine state Warmline (and other resources for mental health) is a good resource. It is a peer to peer support phoneline to access when needed. It is not an emergency line, for that, please call the Hotline.
8. Maine Dept. of Labor information on unemployment can be found here. And here is new information on alphabetizing the lists of people who call for unemployment assistance: Maine Department of Labor Announces Alphabetical Call-in Schedule for Unemployment Benefits
AUGUSTA – After receiving an unprecedented number of unemployment claims due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Maine Department of Labor (MDOL) announced a new alphabetical-by-last-name call-in schedule for Maine people filing for unemployment benefits. The new schedule will help reduce phone line congestion as the Department ramps up its capacity to receive and process claims.
Starting Monday, April 6, Maine people seeking to file for unemployment by calling the 800 number with last names beginning with A-H should call on Monday; I-Q on Tuesday; R-Z on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will be left unassigned for those who miss their alphabetical day or need to call at that time.
“While we hope to have 100 more people answering the phone lines by the end of next week, implementing this new system will ease congestion on our phone lines in the meantime,” said Commissioner Laura Fortman. “This is an easy way for individuals to take action to improve access for everyone. We are all in this together and we appreciate your help as we navigate these unprecedented times.”
The recently enacted federal CARES Act includes new temporary unemployment programs to provide additional relief to people affected by COVID-19. At the direction of the Governor, Maine has opted in to the new programs. However, MDOL requires guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor in order to implement the new programs. MDOL continues to press for that guidance and once it is received, will implement the system changes. Claims filed will be processed retroactively to the dates in the law.
Free Online Legal Resources in Maine
Help Me Law lets you search for various legal topics and can connect you with legal help in the state: https://helpmelaw.org/
At Free Legal Answers, you can connect with volunteer lawyers who will help with civil legal issues: https://maine.freelegalanswers.org/
Purdue OWL Citation Generator Teachers at Maranacook Community High School encourage their students to use this tool to help them put together their bibliographic citations for their research papers. It will generate citations in MLA, APA, or Chicago formats.
EasyBib – This tool will also generate citations in MLA, APA or Chicago formats for your bibliography.
Digital Maine Library provides every resident of Maine with access to a collection of full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals and reference books that are credible, reputable resources. It also provides students, business people, public library patrons, and higher education students and educators the ability to search a number of resources at one time for information. Go to “Getting Started” to create a log-in name.
Put together by Maine State Library and the Maine State Archives, this site provides access to digitized Maine newspapers, government documents, and historical community archives.
FamilySearch – Free access to million of records, also offering the ability to create charts and download original records. A service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
TheUSGenWeb Project – Welcome to The USGenWeb Project! This site involves a group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone. It provides help on getting started with genealogy and many useful tips.
Family History Daily – Looking for a list of free genealogy sites to search? Here are 50 no-cost family history resources where you will find birth, marriage and death records, obituaries, cemetery listings, newspaper articles, biographies, research tips and so much more.
FamilyTree Magazine’s 25 Best Genealogy Sites for beginners – These websites “offer plenty of “driver’s education”: site tutorials, easy-to-use tools and powerful search interfaces that drive you directly to the information most likely to pertain to your ancestors.”
Seniors and Aging
Cohen and Muskie Community Centers – Augusta Senior Spectrum Center for Kennebec County offers life-long learning opportunities, classes on healthy living and an ever changing calendar of fun recreational activities for all generations. Promoting life-long learning, health, wellness, nutrition, community engagement and social well-being of all older and disabled adults.
Miscellaneous Web Sites Related to Aging and Disabilities – posted by Senior Spectrum
Maine Legal Services for the Elderly – This group provides legal services for economically disadvantaged elderly (over 60), as well as educational material that is available on their website.
Lion’s Club Vision and Hearing Aid: Call the number listed on the website, and fill out an application for assistance with either eyeglasses of hearing aids. The Lion’s Club provides financial assistance through their Maine Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation.
Assisted Living in Maine: This website offers information and links to assisted living resources in Maine, including average monthly costs, location, what to expect, and how to navigate this major step as we age.
Health and Wellness Resources: A pdf of health resources from the US National Library of Medicine, including information on CDC resources, nutrition, staying active, and Medline.
Physical Wellness Toolkit: From the National Institutes of Health, strategies for maintaining and improving your health through activity and diet, as you age.
Your Healthiest Self: More resources from NIH about living healthfully, not only including nutrition and physical activity, but also disease prevention and healthy relationships, as well as keeping a healthy and safe environment.